Friday, February 26, 2016

Stinson 108-3 Voyager, N862C: Accident occurred February 25, 2016 in Livermore, Alameda County, California

NTSB Identification: WPR16CA077
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, February 25, 2016 in Livermore, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 05/03/2016
Aircraft: STINSON 108 3, registration: N862C
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators used data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator and did not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

The pilot reported that during the landing on runway 25L in the tail-wheel equipped airplane, it touched down in a three-point landing attitude on the centerline. Shortly thereafter, it started to veer to the right. The pilot applied full left rudder and brake application; however, the airplane continued to veer off the right edge of the runway into tall grass and ground looped. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the left wing.

While taxiing the airplane back to the hangar, the pilot stated that he noticed that the wind was blowing from the northeast and that runway 7L was now in use. He also noticed that the left rudder/brake pedal required more travel distance than the right pedal, with reduced brake effectiveness on the left side. 

During a postaccident examination of the brake system, no evidence of preimpact mechanical malfunctions or failures were revealed that would have precluded normal operation.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:

The pilot's failure to maintain directional control during the landing roll.

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